In the Wordplay Mysteries, I began naming some of the characters in town after people who have supported my writing. It is my small way to thank them for their prayers and kudos over the years.
If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
Due to COVID, I have not been speaking at all. Perhaps God is closing that door. Events scheduled then canceled. I mostly speak at church women’s groups and writer groups and public gatherings continue to be discouraged, so it is not feasible, especially with a spike again due to the delta strain.
COVID has really
affected my speaking, but I’ve started doing ZOOM speaking and have a larger
field available. If you had to completely start over in another place, where
would you move, and why? I had to completely start over so many times when
my husband was alive due to his career in structural steel, and it tore my heart
each time to say goodbye to new friends. I am so thankful God has allowed me to
set down deep roots into
If I had the funds though, I would love to spend six months
If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be? Any craft has to be perfected, so toughen your skin, learn from seasoned authors, and never let your pride thwart your talent.
You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (As in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related]) I have absolutely no desire to go on a cruise. I get motion sickness too easily. However, if I only had to plan the thing, I’d have for entertainment worship bands such as Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, and Third Day―if they’d come out of retirement. Oh, and Michael Card. He is a true minstrel. For speakers, I’d book Max Lucado and Priscilla Shirer because they speak to me personally, not only because they are fellow Texans.
I might risk constant nausea for that cruise!
I’d be the first to
sign up for that cruise. I love all of those. And they have some amazing
anti-motion sickness things now. You could be there with me. Tell us about the
featured book. Word Gets Around
is the second of six contracted books in the Wordplay Mysteries set in fictitious
Please give us the first page of the book.
It had been three months since Wanda Lee Warner had dared to open the box. She’d stuffed it into the top shelf of her bedroom closet. Didn’t matter. She knew it lurked there.
Sometimes, in the middle of the night, she’d roll over in bed, stare at the closed door, and envision it, beckoning her to lift the lid and begin the mystery.
overreacting, Aunt Wanda.” Todd Martin peered at her over his mug of coffee. He
sat at her kitchen table the way he always did on Thursday mornings, his day
off as a patrol officer for the Scrub Oak Police Department. “It’s been weeks,
no months, since the Scrabble board held clues to solving the murders at the
“I know. And I used to love playing the word game with you.”
“You used to love playing it with anyone who walked through the door.” He reached for the creamer. “This stuff is awful. Another one of Priscilla’s latest and greatest blends?”
“It is. Ugandan Supreme. I think that’s what she calls it.”
“Thought so. I could smell it before I opened the door.”
“That bad, huh?” She plopped down across from him and took a sip of the new flavor featured at the Coffee Bean. She had hated to disappoint Priscilla Tucker, who ran the bistro inside the Grocery Mart. So, she’d bought a bag. Like most of the selections, it tasted too strong, too bitter, and too pungent.
The java roast assaulted her taste buds, sending a shiver through her torso. “Ugh. You’re right. This wins the prize for the nastiest one yet.”
Wanda grabbed his mug. She dumped its contents into the sink along with hers. She rinsed out the dispenser and waved goodbye to the grounds swirling down the disposal drain. Then she plopped some good old-fashioned, lighter-blend American coffee pods in the brewer. Within a few seconds she returned the mugs to the table. “There. Less of a hassle anyway.”
Todd kissed her cheek. “Thanks, Aunt Wanda. Now where is the box?”
Where can we find you on the Internet?
I am on Facebook in three places. My personal Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/juliebcosgrove.tx. My author page is https://www.facebook.com/juliebcosgrove. Then I have a new one strictly for my cozy mysteries https://www.facebook.com/mysterieswithmessage where I hope other faith-based mystery writes will start to contribute as well so Christian fictions fans who love mysteries will know where to find clean, safe, and appropriate ones.
Thank you, Julie, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I love word puzzles.
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